Japan defeat USA on penalties in classic Women’s World Cup final

Japan 2* – USA 2 AET (Pens. 3-1) (Women’s World Cup final, July 17, 2011) (Alternative highlights.) After 69 minutes played, Alex Morgan was set free and finished with aplomb into the far bottom corner to give the USA a deserved lead. Japan equalised with 9 minutes to go, Aya Miyama capitalising on some rubbish defending from Team America. USA regained the lead on 104 when Abby Wambach headed home a left-wing cross for her fourth consecutive goal of the tournament. Incredibly with just three minutes remaining in extra-time Homare Sawa equalised again for Japan. In the shoot-out the USA missed their first three penalties and Saki Kumagai showed nerves of steel to win the World Cup for Japan.